A stunning Japanese wood lacquered circular formed tray executed in Negoro lacquer work. The interior base of the tray is red lacquer with a black lacquer top coating. Parts of the black have been deliberately rubbed away and carved into – to create the Negoro effect.
The face of the tray is softly textured and rubbed to create a water illusion. It features a classically carved water lily design. The smooth upturned smooth sides end in a flat rim.
The exterior sides and the back of the tray are smooth in a beautiful subtly mottled black and red.
The plate measures 11 3/4" in diameter.
It is in excellent condition with a few very small spots of lacquer wear on the rim. The plate face is clear and without flaw.
I date the plate to the mid-Showa period - 1950's, but it may be earlier.
This lovely tray was exceptionally crafted in skill and artistic sensibility. It is a fine example of the traditional art of Japanese Negoro lacquer ware and its preservation is remarkable. A stunning collector's item!
HISTORY: A number of terms are used in Japanese to refer to lacquer ware. Shikki (漆器) means "lacquer ware" in the most literal sense, while nurimono (塗物) means "coated things", and urushi-nuri (漆塗) means "lacquer coating." The sap of the lacquer tree, today bearing the technical description of "urushiol-based lacquer," has traditionally been used in Japan. As the substance is poisonous to the touch until it dries, the creation of lacquer ware has long been practiced only by skilled dedicated artisans.